Category: Health & Safety

OSHA’s final rule to ‘nudge’ employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses

Posted by BCTGM - May 11, 2016 - Health & Safety, OSHA News USdepartmentoflabor

New federal requirements take effect August 10, 2016 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety […]

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150 Workers Killed on the Job Every Day

Posted by BCTGM - April 27, 2016 - Health & Safety, Workers Memorial Day Safe-Jobs-Save-Lives-Poster_large

(Washington, DC, April 27, 2016) – More than 4,820 workers were killed on the job in 2014, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO. Additionally an estimated 50,000-60,000 died from occupational diseases, resulting in a daily loss of nearly 150 workers from preventable workplace injuries and illnesses. “Working people should not have to risk […]

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OSHA official: Incentive Programs Problematic for Ergonomic Injuries

Posted by BCTGM - March 23, 2016 - Health & Safety, OSHA News

Some safety incentive programs are “especially problematic with ergonomic issues,” according to OSHA’s deputy director. Jordan Barab told attendees at the 19th annual Applied Ergonomics Conference in Orlando that it’s difficult to hide an injury like a broken leg, but it’s not as hard to hide a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). Barab continued a dialog on safety incentive […]

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Finally Some Justice in Upper Big Branch Mine Tragedy

Posted by BCTGM - December 3, 2015 - Health & Safety

More than five years after 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, W.Va., justice was finally served as former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was found criminally guilty for a conspiracy to willfully violate the Mine Safety and Health Act. While the tragedy was the largest […]

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Silica Regulations Would Save Hundreds of Worker Lives a Year

Posted by BCTGM - September 7, 2015 - Health & Safety, News for Stewards, OSHA

Obama may join other presidents who have tried and failed to contain industrial dust. OSHA was supposed to finish reviewing public comment on its proposed rule in June. “If OSHA is unable to get out a rule on silica, something with such strong scientific evidence and completely feasible controls, then we can pretty much eliminate […]

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